I need help making a charged creeper! I tried a metal pole and creepers but that didn't work. I have seen them be spawned by a dropper but nothing else. I'm not entirely sure if they exist in vanilla Mine craft or not. It may come in a mod but if it's possible to get it in vanilla please help me.

  • Metal actually has no effect on how frequently lightning strikes in MineCraft, and as far as I know, no other material does either.
    – IQAndreas
    Jul 16, 2013 at 2:13
  • um, I'm sure you can spawn them with Command Blocks is 1.7.2, and that's about it.
    – user63281
    Dec 7, 2013 at 2:56
  • No idea if it helps with Minecraft logic, but you could try getting them to the highest point you can to increase their chances of getting struck...my question is why would you WANT to meet such a creeper?
    – Zibbobz
    Jan 3, 2014 at 14:23

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According to the wiki

A charged Creeper is created when lightning strikes within 3 - 4 blocks of a normal Creeper

You will know it works when the creeper has a blue aura around it.

Getting the creeper struck by lightning is the hard part. You will likely need lots of luck if you want to avoid finding a mod that will charge one for you. You can see this answer for odds

If you want to use a mod, CommandBook can offer you Thor's hammer to call down lightning strikes with the thor <player> command. It is also Bukkit compatible.


As David Starkley pointed out, a charged creeper occurs when lightning strikes near a creeper. Although possible, it is extraordinarily improbable that it happens naturally in front of your eyes.

However, you can increase those odds significantly using some tricks by YouTuber Docm77, who was able to pull it off without any mods, map editors, or even creative mode:

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    Could you include a summary of the tricks in these videos for those of us who cannot watch them ourselves?
    – dlras2
    Sep 4, 2013 at 20:15

To get charged (actually called supercharged) creepers, a lighting bolt has to land within 4 blocks of them. Also, via McEdit or other mods/clients, you are able to have supercharged spawn eggs and supercharged spawners.

Hope this helped!


Creepers turn into charged creepers when struck by lightning. Pigs turn into Zombie Pig Men when struck by lightning. When a charged creeper explodes it make a large explosion than a regular creeper would.

You can't create them in vanilla minecraft. You have to be patient and wait for lightning to strike. I've only ever seen one in minecraft vanilla once, they are very rare.

  • Welcome to Arqade! This answer brings nothing that have not already been said. Please avoid duplicating content and only provide answers that add something new.
    – Jupotter
    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:42
  • @Jupotter Technically it adds some new info. My answer assumes you know what a Charged Creeper is/does. As far as OP though, you are right it does not add helpful information to the issue at hand.
    – Batophobia
    Jul 13, 2013 at 17:58

The only possible ways to get a charged creeper is for lightning to strike near it or you use a spawner in NEI to spawn one. Some mods also allow different ways, but I don't know which those are. If you want to spawn one yourself, install Not Enough Items, it gives you every mob spawner possible.

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